Summary: God’s desire is for us to reach out and love the unlovable.
Loving The Unlovable
2. So here we have a man full of Satan, homeless, running around in the mountains and graveyards naked, he is screaming and shrieking and cutting himself with stones. There is probably fresh blood mingled with dry blood all over his body. His hair was probably all matted, and his body wreaked of foul odors.
3. There was not a lot to love about this guy! Most people would say, “He’s just filthy and nasty.” He was indeed unlovable.
• Imagine you’re the disciples getting out of the boat, and you see some wild, crazy, naked man with blood all over him, arms flailing, and screaming like a wild animal, running towards you. They probably took one step back into the boat.
• But Jesus is the Creator of all things, and He made this man, and Jesus loved this man and had compassion on him.
4. How did the world respond to this man?
• Some tried to tame him. vs. 4b
Reform him, change his habits, give him psychiatric counseling – it didn’t work.
• Some tried to chain him. vs. 4a
Just put him away so they didn’t have to be bothered with him – it didn’t work.
Some concluded he was a hopeless case; therefore they gave up on him and decided to just stay away from him.
5. Unfortunately, this is how many in our world today would respond. It is easy to love people who love us and are lovable. But let’s face it, some people are unlovable. They are mean, hateful, and just plain nasty. Some people, by no choice of their own, have mental or physical disabilities. Some people are just down and out because of poor choices (self-inflicted wounds, like this man in text).
6. God’s desire is for us to reach out and love the unlovable. Why does God expect this of us?
First, because Jesus has ascended to heaven.
1. What a wonderful story. Jesus sails over to this area of the country called Gadara. Jesus meets this unlovable man, has mercy and compassion on him, and brings healing to his distraught and sin-sick soul. Look at verse 19. Jesus had compassion on him and did great things for him.
2. Jesus Christ loved this man that nobody else loved. But what about people today? Hold on and think about it. Jesus isn’t on the earth anymore. He ascended to heaven in Acts 1:9 (quickview) . Right before this, His last words to His disciples were “Ye shall be witnesses unto me…”
• He basically said, “I’m going away, and I’m leaving the job with you.”